Entryway, Powder Room and Laundry Room Reveal!

Hello friends!  I'm finally getting around to showing you all some more of the renovations we've been up to in the year since we bought our new house!  I like to call this section "Wallpaper. Wallpaper.  Wallpaper." 

We'll start with the entryway.  I've always wanted a little entryway to welcome people into our home, and it's so fun to decorate because it's so small and cute...totally manageable!  Here is the before:

And here is the after!

We removed two layers of wallpaper, replaced the lighting fixture, and painted out all the trim white ("Roman Column" by Sherwin Williams).

The above shows a view of the front door from another angle, with more dated wood trim.  The below is after we replaced the front door and side light with something a little more up-to-date. (I'll show you some exterior shots soon!)

Next we have the powder room, which, if you're keeping track, is off the hallway that I briefly showed you in the "before" shot above.  It's a huge bathroom, and I love that!  But it was pink, and didn't really go with any of our decor.

Strangely, after all the wallpaper we removed throughout the house, the powder room was the one room we ended up adding wallpaper.  However, have you checked out the price of wallpaper lately?  Phew!  I didn't want to spring for the whole room, so my husband added a chair rail about halfway up the wall.  It cut way back on how much wallpaper I needed, and I like that the lower painted portion keeps it from getting too "busy" in there.  :)

Another angle, this one of my favorite new mirror from Ballard Designs!  And a little corner of the chandelier (from Home Depot) that I got to put in the bathroom...never done that before!

Lastly, we have the laundry room.  This was tricky.  The laundry room is the only direct access point to the backyard patio (door on the right in the photo below), so I couldn't just close the door and forget about it.  However, it's also the entry point from the garage (I'm standing in the garage entry door for the photo below) so it needed to be functional, too.  Here is the before:

And here's what we did!  Painted all the wood, removed the wallpaper, and added a cute lighting fixture.  We also removed that waist-height cabinet on the left.

My gifted husband was able to build me this wall, with some simple boards and hooks and paint, which I love to use as a dumping ground for all our coats and backpacks when we walk in the door.

Eventually we'd love to build a wooden counter to go over top of the washer and dryer (basically so I have more room to put junk when we walk in through the garage!) but for now this is doing the job.  And it looks pretty when we walk through there on the way to the backyard!

Thanks for hanging in there with me!  I've got a few more renovations to show you, if you're still around!  :)


Still Woods Farmhouse said...

Hi Carrie! So glad to see your latest post. The renovations are terrific. I am a laundry room person, so love what you did the there. I followed you for so long when I first started following blogs and finally got the nerve to create one of my own. Stop by for a visit when you are not busy!
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

Carol-Anne said...

Nice to see you post again!

Kimberly said...

Everything is lovely! I was so glad to see you post again. Thanks for sharing :)

Courtney said...

I love what you have done with the place. You always have such wonderful ideas.

jd pab said...

Home renovations are daunting undertakings, wearing on people's patience and draining their wallets.But it relieves my weekdays stress from work.

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Valerie Smith said...

So glad you posted. Oh how I wish you 'd post more.

Everything looks beautiful.


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Holly Robinson said...

Yeah Carrie you're back! :) I understand busy but it's such a treat to see a new post from you. Please know you will always be in my "favorites"!


Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing what else you've done. It's looking beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

glad to see your latest post. Everything looks great!!

Arthur Bryant@Contractor Express said...

I honestly prefer the 'after' of every room. The combination of the wallpaper and wood trim looks a little behind the times, though it speaks of wealth. The changes were all for the better!

Anonymous said...

Yay for a new post! I still have your website on my list of favorites. Your decorating is adorable :-)

Rob and Jordan said...

I just love that you're back :)

Barbara said...

welcome back! I check your blog crossing my fingers that you have posted! your house is looking awesome!!

momofnine said...

Beautiful renovations!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Thank you so much Holly!! :)

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Katie said...

I really like your home, it is similar to mine. It needed some love to become fabulous. I was wondering if I could pin any of your pictures on Pinterest?

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Katie--You are welcome to pin photos on Pinterest! I have NO idea how to put one of those "Pin It" buttons on my website but if you can do it another way, go for it. I am not tech-savvy at all. :)

David Larkin said...

You definitely did a fantastic job on your home renovation projects. You've made a lot of changes and improvements. I hope that you didn't exceed your budget, though. Hehe! Your powder room is what I like the most. You did great in your choice of wallpaper. It made the room look so clean, warm, and cozy.

David Larkin @ DAL Builders

Back2life bathrooms said...

This is awesome! I've been trying to do some laundry renovation, and this gave me some great insight for things to try. Thanks for sharing!